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William Gordon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.001.0001

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Balfour's Registrum☼

Balfour's Registrum☼

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(p.283) 21 Balfour's Registrum
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Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History
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William M Gordon

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.003.0021

Balfour in his Practicks refers to cases in a Registrum now lost, recording decisions of the Lords of Council. He converts the references into propositions of law for which the cases serve as vouchers. The arrangement of the Registrum seems to have been broadly chronological and it was perhaps produced by a trawl of the records but there is also some evidence of systematisation based on the Civil law. There is a possible connection to the sixteenth century law commissions of which Balfour was a member, especially that of 1574 which aimed to produce a digest of the law.

Keywords:   Balfour, Balfour's Registrum, Balfour's Practicks, Civil law, Law commissions

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